Program Evaluation Training: Evaluating in the Real World

Course Delivery

Live Instructor-Led Training

Course Description

The course Evaluating in the Real World (Program Evaluation Training) is a hands-on course that is perfect for participants wanting to understand how to run an evaluation from head to toe. Using real-world case studies, participants will work through the entire evaluation process - how to scope and plan an evaluation, develop and use logic models, design and implement a methodology, collect and analyze data, draw conclusions and make recommendations.

Course Dates and Pricing

Jul 23 - 26, 2024$3,750.00Aug 20 - 23, 2024$3,750.00Sep 24 - 27, 2024$3,750.00Oct 22 - 25, 2024$3,750.00Nov 19 - 22, 2024$3,750.00

Course Outline

The Overview of Evaluation

What is program evaluation?
What are the benefits of evaluation?
What is the relationship between monitoring and evaluation?
What can be evaluated?
Values and ethics: front and centre

Elements of an Evaluation Framework

Program Profile
Logic Model – opening the “black box”
Evaluation Models
Evaluation Plan
Methodological Framework – rationale, data collection and analysis

Program Profile and Logic Models

Area/program context
Elements of a Program Profile
Understanding and developing program logic models
Identifying goals, outcomes, indicators, measures and metrics
Scoping, calibration and context

Evaluation Models

Program lifecycle and type of evaluation study
Formative, Process/Implementation, Outcome, Economic, Summative, Impact and Meta evaluations
Understanding S.M.A.R.T. outcomes and indicators
Goals based versus goals free evaluation

Developing an Evaluation Plan

Scoping the problem – ruling things in and out
Planning: timing, methodology, logistics, resources
Budget and cost tracking tools

Methodological Framework

Identifying issues and formulating evaluation questions
Understanding efficiency, effectiveness, cost effectiveness, economy
Clarifying indicators
Instrument design and testing
Consent and approval

Research Design, Measurement and Metrics

Exploratory, descriptive, experimental, quasi experimental and alternative designs
Qualitative research tools and techniques
Quantitative research tools and techniques
Threats to reliability and validity

Data management and analysis

Keeping track of data, safeguarding privacy and proprietary information
Synthesizing evidence, data analysis
Identifying program effects, drawing conclusions
Developing recommendations


Evaluation report outline
Tips for technical writing
Power of visuals
Presentation tips
Selling evaluation and performance measurement for effective program management

Resources, Community, Next Steps

Course Locations

  • Ottawa

  • Montreal

  • Toronto

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